Online Executive MBA

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Give Your MBA an Executive Edge

You’ve established yourself as a manager or director, but desire to lead your organization more effectively. You thirst for strategic expertise beyond what a traditional MBA can offer. And you’re looking for an executive edge―with the freedom to earn it on your time.

The WSU Executive MBA Online is a high-quality experience backed by one of the world’s premier research institutions. That means our faculty experts, support services, and convenient online format are focused on you.

Build your aptitude for big-picture decision-making as you learn from a cohort of business leaders from across industries. Prepare to become a leader among leaders. Choose to earn your Executive MBA Online from the WSU Carson College of Business.

Online EMBA Program Highlights


Flexible 100% online format

Flexible 100% online format

Graduation cap

Graduate in as few as 16 months

Graduate in as few as 16 months

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No GMAT required for qualified applicants

No GMAT required for qualified applicants


Optional international field study


Optional leadership conference

Why Earn Your Executive MBA Online from WSU?

Learn to lead with authority and authenticity.

Time is money—and yours is valuable. That’s why the WSU Executive MBA is meant to be applied in real time, empowering you to make career strides long before you graduate. In fact, as an EMBA online student you’ll have the opportunity to bring projects from your workplace into the classroom. You’ll also have the chance to develop and deploy a scalable business plan with the assistance of world-class Carson College of Business educators. This real-world exposure forges the kind of upwardly mobile leaders who are entrusted with organizational authority.

Graduate with an Executive MBA from WSU, and you’ll be prepared to:

  • Evaluate and create a business strategy inclusive of all business disciplines, grounded in best practices.
  • Use data and theory to analyze business problems and opportunities, identify solutions, and justify actions.
  • Implement organizational goals by building relationships and communicating persuasively.
  • Apply ethical decision-making frameworks that consider diverse stakeholders.
  • Apply a global perspective that takes into consideration cultural and international contexts.

Consider attending the EMBA International Field Study.

WSU’s Online EMBA is more than a program—it’s a transformational experience. As an Executive MBA Online student, you’ll have the opportunity to grow beyond your comfort zone and travel abroad for a seven-day residency. This kind of international immersion highlights how culture and institutions shape the global business world across Asia, Latin America, Europe, and North America. It’s an optional element of the program that you’re invited to consider.

Connect with peers at the EMBA Leadership Conference.

You’ve heard the saying: “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.” And there’s truth to the statement—especially when it comes to success in business. That’s why attending WSU’s Executive MBA Leadership Conference can be a true difference-maker. This optional event features presentations from prominent subject-matter experts and special guest speakers. It’s an exciting opportunity to meet your peers and network with classmates, faculty, alumni, and the rest of the Cougar community.

Learn from accomplished leaders: the WSU EMBA faculty.

As an Executive MBA student, you’ll enjoy direct access to world-class faculty, each of whom possess dynamic strategic knowledge that they love to share with EMBA students. While this level of availability and commitment to student development is rare among most EMBA programs, you’ll find that it’s typical of your professors at WSU. Get to know your WSU EMBA faculty now.

Join a community of successful EMBA grads.

Serial entrepreneur Justine Smith knew she needed a greater knowledge base to create a more scalable organization—even after having already launched five businesses. Earning her online EMBA gave her all the tools she needed to bring her vision to life. The level of interaction and personal rapport with her professors also contributed to her success.

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Executive MBA Online, Class of 2016
Founder and CEO, Kids Go Co.

"For me, the greatest thing about the program was the amount of growth and learning—that level of intensive self-development in such a short period of time. To be able to see that that kind of personal and professional transformation happen within me was incredible."

Get to know more graduates of the EMBA program now. Read their stories. Find inspiration.

Online EMBA Courses and Curriculum

Rise to the challenge.

Get ready for an online EMBA curriculum that’s designed to challenge you and test your assumptions. Where you’ll study live business cases, review strategic plans, and complete coursework that covers topics ranging from Professional Ethics and Practice in Business to Managerial Leadership and Productivity to Strategy Formulation and Organizational Design.

This entire program is built to help you master cross-functional leadership, hone your entrepreneurial abilities, gain a global perspective, and develop the business-planning capacity to thrive as a modern decision-maker. This is your chance to elevate your executive-level expertise. Your chance to become the kind of leader who empowers teams—and makes an impact on the world at large.

Learn more about the  MBA Online curriculum to get familiar with the program’s structure and course list.

What Can You Do with an Executive MBA from WSU?

Create your own future.

You already have significant work experience, and you understand the essentials of business. You’re too advanced for a traditional MBA. You need something more. You need to keep pace with the world’s ever-shifting global landscape. You need the higher-level tactical expertise to lead with authority and challenge the status quo in modern management. That’s why you’re set on an Executive MBA—so you can maximize your ability to create organizational value as a seasoned professional and ultimately achieve lifelong career success.

This is where your EMBA Online can serve as a powerful steppingstone. It can prepare you to conduct business across state lines, oceans, and international borders. It can pave your path to the C-suite. It can position you for a major career change—or drive your inner entrepreneur to start your own business. The future is yours to create and claim. Learn more about the EMBA careers and advanced opportunities you could experience after earning your degree from Washington State University.

Professional Coaching for Online Executive MBA Students

Great leaders are made here.

There’s no question future leaders will need constant coaching because the modern business world continues to evolve, growing more complex year over year. That’s why the Carson College of Business partners with the International Coach Federation (ICF) Washington chapter so you can have incredible access to invaluable professional coaching sessions.

This partnership is meant to fuel your fierce desire to learn and grow. It makes coaching a resource that deepens your self-learning and prepares you to translate personal insights into useful action plans. It allows you to work with coaches who listen deeply, ask powerful questions, and create relationships built on trust. It encourages you to dream big, find clarity, and improve your confidence—all so you can unlock your potential for wholehearted leadership.

This is your chance to connect with the best of the best in coaching excellence. ICF professional coaches have gone through rigorous training, mentoring, and continuing education (100+ hours) and observe high ethical and confidentiality standards. With 30,000 members in 140 countries and 500 members in Washington state, ICF sets the industry standard for coaching.

Online Executive MBA FAQs

You have questions. We have answers.

There’s a lot to consider when selecting the right Executive MBA program. You’ll want to know about networking opportunities, faculty qualifications, and admissions requirements, just to name a few. Here’s a quick list of commonly asked questions to help get you started.

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The WSU Carson College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

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